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COOS BAY – The Coos Bay BEST Bond just received a $4,000 donation.

Save Coos Jobs donated to both the BEST Bond and to Southwestern Oregon Community College’s Health and Science Technology Building project. Though Save Coos Jobs was initially created to defeat May's Ballot Measure 6–162, which have made it harder for projects like Jordan Cove to move in, it is now promoting opportunities in the community that would create jobs.

In a press release from Save Coos Jobs, the organization donated a total of $7,000 to both the BEST Bond effort and SWOCC’s new building project.

“Coos Bay BEST Bond is working in support of Measure 6-166, a bond to renovate, upgrade, and build schools in the Coos Bay School District,” the release stated. “If voters support this investment, the bond will bring in $59.9 million to modernize our schools and ensure local students have access to the same quality education as their peers across the state.”

BEST Bond Committee chairman and Coos Bay School Board member, James Martin, was quoted in the release thanking Save Coos Jobs.

“We’re deeply grateful for the support,” he said. “Their contribution to our campaign to get Coos Bay schools upgraded, renovated, and built will make a tremendous difference.”

Save Coos Jobs has thrown support behind SWOCC’s building project in the form of $3,000. The community college recently wrapped up a $16 million fundraising campaign for the construction project and “now is engaged in a $2 million Beetham Family Science Match challenge to raise additional funds for the science labs.”

According to the release, the new Health and Science Technology Building will have state-of-the-art classrooms and labs, as well as new technology.

“A solid education is the best foundation for getting a good job and for the economic health of the community,” said Tom Burdett, Save Coos Jobs committee member and President-elect of the Coos Bay Chamber of Commerce in the release. “We’re thrilled to contribute to Coos Bay BEST Bond in support of local schools, and to the new Health & Science Technology Building at Southwestern Oregon Community College. Building new schools and facilities will mean improved opportunities for students from Kindergarten through Community College. It’s huge for everyone who lives here.”

Reporter Jillian Ward can be reached at 541-269-1222, ext. 235, or by email at Follow her on Twitter: @JE_Wardwriter.